The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 166, Issue 1, pp 21–27 | Cite as

An experimental test of the scaling prediction for the spatial distribution of water during the drying of colloidal films

  • P. Ekanayake
  • P. J. McDonald
  • J. L. KeddieEmail author
Regular Article


A Peclet number, Pe, for the drying of colloidal films can be used as a predictor of the uniformity of water concentration in the direction normal to the film. Uniform drying is predicted to occur when Pe < 1, whereas with \(\textit{Pe}>1\), a layer of packed particles is expected to develop above a more dilute layer. Routh and Zimmerman have more recently proposed that the particle concentration gradient between the packed and dilute layers, \(d \phi _{p} / d \textit{z} \), will scale as \(\textit{Pe}^{1/2}\). Here, this scaling relation is tested experimentally with magnetic resonance profiling data obtained from waterborne colloidal films dried under conditions to yield a range of Pe. It is found that \(d\phi_{p}/d\textit{z}\) increases with Pe but scales as \(\textit{Pe}^{0.8}\). This disagreement with the prediction can be attributed to an underestimate of Pe when there are greater non-uniformities of drying, because of an unquantified slowing down of the evaporation rate.


Evaporation Rate European Physical Journal Special Topic Peclet Number Butyl Acrylate Dynamical Wetting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PeradeniyaPeradeniyaSri Lanka
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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